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Hey guys. I have a ESXi 4.1 host and am looking for some insight on how to properly shutdown the host/guest machines when attached to a Dell UPS. Obviously I've used Dell's proprietary UPS Management software on all my standalone servers, but really don't know how this is going to work and fit into ESXi

I'm really suprised that Dell Enterprise Support really didn't have anything useful to say about this.
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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Starting and shutting down VMs can be configured using the Virtual Machine Startup/Shutdown option located under Configuration Menu. Connect to the ESXi 4.1 host and click Configuration to modify the options.

I am not sure how the host can be shutdown.
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Yeah, I got that part, as I could just set the VM's to shutdown with the host, but I have no idea how to shut the host down.
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What is the ESXi Host hardware make (Dell / HP / IBM) ?
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Dell.
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Please update the model (1950 / 2950 / ?)
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Dell PowerEdge R610 with VMWare ESXi 4.1 Embedded.
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I was able to zero in on this particular download using which what you are trying to achieve can be performed.

http://tinyurl.com/2u72u43
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The other alternative would be to install Dell OpenManage and manage both the R610 server and the Dell UPS with that utility.
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I already have the OpenManage package installed on the ESXi server, but unless I'm missing something, you can't monitor the UPS using this. Am I missing something?
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I was under the impression that using OpenManage, all Dell hardware could be monitored and managed.
I apologize as I am unable to provide clarity on this.
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Take a look at http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/ACC/UPSD/en/ug/sw_ug.pdf for imformation on configuring the Dell UPS with the vMA (vSphere Management Assistent) to control host shutdown. As was mentioned earlier the guest shutdown can be managed via the virtual machine startup/shutdown.

The vMA is a free download available at http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vima/

Note that if you are using the free version of ESXi certain functionality is disabled. I am not sure, but remote shutdown through vMA may or may not be impacted by the restrictions on the free version.

Good Luck
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Concuring with what bgoering has updated, vMA would have limitations executing commands on the free edition of ESXi.
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Cool, that PDF helps and gives me some direction. I do have a purchased version of ESXi (Essentials Package), hopefully I should be able to do this.
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Yes, if you have the Essentials package you should be good to go. Let us know how it works out.
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